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Well it’s now over 12 months and still no answer from CEO Lisa Desmond at the Fraser Coast Regional Council in relation to refunding my rates for their made up ‘backflow fee’.
So far in the past five years Council has made $6,427.50 from the complex I live at for NOT monitoring or recording backflow testing. “Council has a responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried out” … yet does NOT do this but charges for it.
Quite the little cash cow this backflow fee. If you are now wondering why resorts and apartments are receiving requests to have their backflows tested in the past two weeks it is because I have busted the Council milking the system and charging for work not done. If you have been charged an annual backflow fee on your rates, and the work has not been completed by a plumber and recorded by Council, please contact them for a refund.
Section 38 of Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 states
(1) A local government must implement and maintain a program for its local government area for the registration, maintenance and testing of testable backflow prevention devices installed in the area.
(2) The local government, or an entity authorised by the local government, must keep a register of the testable backflow prevention devices.
21 Jan 2016
IS ANYONE ELSE ON THE FRASER COAST BEING CHARGED A $57.44 BACKFLOW FEE ON THEIR RATES FOR NON EXISTENT TESTING THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR PROTECTION AGAINST CONTAMINATION?
Upon reading this story today below in relation to legionella bacteria I am very alarmed at what is going on with our water!
FRASER COAST CHRONICLE here –
“ THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service’s routine water quality testing program has confirmed a positive test for legionella bacteria in hot water at the Hervey Bay Oral Health and Cancer Care Centre. Two isolated positive results have been confirmed at hot water outlets in hand basins, but cold water has been cleared by current testing and all sterile water used for clinical purposes including all dental procedures is treated and unaffected. “
Where I live we are charged a backflow fee in our rates which is an annual maintenance and testing carried out on testable backflow prevention devices installed in the Region which is an important role played by Council as it contributes to the protection against contamination of the town water supply.
The alarming part is Council does not do, monitor or record this testing yet charge me for it annually!!!
1. Council does not send the required notices / letters to advise of this required annual testing to my home / apartment complex
2. A licensed Plumber (with Backflow Testing endorsement on their license) is not engaged to carry out the test at my home
3. Our body corporate does not pay this non-existent licensed Plumber for any work
4. This non-existent licensed Plumber does not give his report to Council to be filed, with which device, at which location, was tested on which date
5. Council have said in writing they have NO list what so ever of back flow testing as per Councils responsibility under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to maintain a program for the registration and auditing of the annual maintenance and testing carried.
Council email extract – “Council does not keep a list of the number of inspections carried out.”
• The below is an email I sent to Council / Lisa Desmond on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 4:07 PM and the Ombudsman plus Ministers that the CEO only acknowledged after repeated emails (15 in total) SEVEN WEEKS LATER on Thursday, 14 January 2016 3:56 PM
Sent: Thursday, 14 January 2016 3:56 PM
Subject: Official Acknowledgement of Complaint – J Maynes – 2015-16 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Rates Notices
Dear Ms. Maynes
Thank you for your emails of 6 and 13 January, 2016, in relation to the above matter. In summary emails to internal Council staff, relating to this matter, commenced on 14 August, 2015, with the following being a chronological order of emails received and responses provided by Council Officers in relation to this matter:- ……………………….. Lisa Desmond (I will advise the response when I receive one)
• EMAIL SENT TO COUNCIL FROM previous ongoing rates communication ‘he’ is in reference to two separate staff members correspondence provided:
Sent: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 4:07 PM
Subject: RE: 2015-16 Fraser Coast Regional Council Annual Rates Notices
……………….. emailed me this information:
All Backflow Devices have to be tested. All test reports are to be submitted to Council. No Devices are tested by Council. Council keeps a Backflow Device Test Register. The Backflow Device Fee issued by Council maintains the register and pays for any inspections required due to complaints.
“THE relationship between the CEO Lisa Desmond and mayor Chris Loft was the “single biggest issue the council continues to face,” according to the findings in the advisor Mr Stephen Johnston’s report….
The report said the Local Government Department had received more than 30 complaints about Fraser Coast councillors between December 2015 and June 2016.
“Should the situation deteriorate to the point where further intervention is required under the Local Government Act 2009, either in the form of removal of a councillor or councillors, or the dissolution of the council, my message to the Fraser Coast Council is simple: this government will take action,” Jackie Trad said.
THE advisor’s meetings with council staff have uncovered a work environment described as ‘toxic’ and possessing low morale. The advisor indicated “severe tensions” present within the executive management team and further cultural issues within the general staff. The culture was described as one of “control, favouritism, lack of trust, a fear of reprisal, low morale and a toxic work environment.”
[Info via the Chronicle]
Looks like I could be running for Council again, more info here!
MEDIA RELEASE – Jannean Dean
“There is reasonable prospect of the council working well with a new CEO and after a proper internal review. Only the council and in particular the mayor, have the power AND DUTY to deal with the CEO”.
“I CALL ON the Mayor Chris Loft to sack the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Desmond immediately.” … story in full here!
What an adventurous morning riding a loop of Hervey Bay via the ‘Fraser Coast Rail Trail’. Thanks to my good friend Svetlana (who is raising money for a cause here ) for an awesome 36.5 km bike ride. What a great start to the day! We were on bike paths most the way and left from Sunshine Acres to the pier return following the old Hervey Bay / Urangan railway line and beachfront bike path. We rode through cane fields, a dirt path at the Old Chapel Road section, through the centre of town, to the pier, along the foreshore and through the wooden boardwalk.
A big thanks to Lindsay ‘Butch’ Titmarsh from Tandora for leading us thorough this amazing land, showing us the first leg of his amazing 81 km Double-Marathon Mud, Run for the Mary River and extending his awesome local knowledge!
We made it from River Heads to Beaver Rock Paddock 12.5km on foot via German Creek and were picked up at Turkey Creek Shed.
It was roughly six hours to get to Beaver Rock Paddock from River Heads.
Only 20 people have done this hike with Lindsay.
We were following the wild pig, fox & kangaroo tracks through the mangroves (No crocs thank god).
I ripped holes in my pants and had to throw away my boots as the sole came off one, we were in mud up to our knees!
What an amazing experience!
2,380 Calories ✔
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I’ve just returned from another Awesome 50km hike on Fraser Island being Kingfisher Bay Resort to Eurong Resort return overnight stay.
The white ghost gums near Central Station are so Amazing just in the middle of no where!
I enjoyed our buffet dinner at Eurong Beach Resort in my classy five finger under grip / non slip toes socks, an essential necessity for thongs in the cooler climates!
Smashed off 5,000 calories in 28hrs.
Hikes on Fraser Island to date:
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Central Station 24km (2009 the start of my Fraser hiking – organised trail run TRAQ)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 26km (2010)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight (2012)
15 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 20km return (2012 – 2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 56km overnight (2014)
1 x Dilli Village to Happy Valley Great Walk 90km 2.5 days (2014)
1 x Z Force / McKenzie Jetty / Dundonga Creek / Beerillbee Trail 12.5km loop (2014)
3 x Z Force / McKenzie Jetty / Kingfisher Look Out 10km loop (2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie via Z-Force 24km return (2015)
2 x Lake Wobby 5km (2015)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 18.5km return (2016)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie 17.5km return (2016)
1 x Kingfisher Bay to Eurong 50km overnight (2016)
= 708.5km on Fraser Island
Photography by Design House
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I have been forwarded your facebook post from numerous concerned Fraser Coast residents that did not appreciate your comments in relation to my helping with the storm that severely and directly hit where I live in Scarness. I find it alarming the wife of the current Councillor for our Division 9 being Stuart Taylor would lower themselves to compose such a vitriolic post let alone encourage others to share it.
Here are a couple of corrections for you:
1. I was not celebrating, a man had just died, I was lifting and clearing trees for three hours.
I also cleared trees the night of the storm so the ambulance and emergency vehicles could get though as did a shop owner further down. Other community members stopped or came along to help with this. I and a friend also cleared the storm water drain at Scarness of debris and branches as it was starting to flood in front of the shops. Happy to report we had the water flowing again in no time.
2. I did not bitch nor moan at any stage, that is not in my nature, I was too busy working and clearing. I have never made any comment at any stage about the Council insinuating any involvement in any death. Be very careful making false statements like that publicaly on social media.
3. I spoke to the CEO at Scarness Caravan Park and she mentioned your husband Cr. Stuart Taylor was there with many of the Council team, it was wonderful to see this awesome community spirit with my own eyes and everyone working as a team, as the caravan park had been smashed.
4. It was also professional of the CEO to come and speak to me personally even though we have differences of opinion on many local issues, emergencies such as these are the time to put differences aside. She mentioned how some of the residents said they saw a tornado / water spout which was frightening for them especially with the terrible tragedy unfolding. She also mentioned how the residents were currently being evacuated to Pialba to assist with the clear up.
5. Yes I got a little red faced / sunburnt too, I had been out since the crack of dawn and up till after midnight with the storm
6. It was excellent of the Council to put up images of the workers later in the day as I had done. Their efficiency, professionalism and haste to fix our park needs to be commended, shared and congratulated as per my facebook posts with hundreds of likes, shares, comments of thanks / appreciation and thousands of views by the entire community that were very concerned, even their out of town relations, all appreciating the visuals and updates. So many people thanked me for keeping them in the loop and of the excellent recovery progress.
7. I am sorry to hear you had to go without your husband for the day.
Even though as you say, he was attending the scene where the poor man had been a victim of the stormcell and lost his life.
8. Angry?? – Did you know … 5 mins of anger suppresses your immune system for 6 – 7hours? Tony Robbins said this at a seminar I attended once.
9. TWAT! lol no comment… #stayclassy
10. The facebook group Fraser Coast Have Your Say has over 1,600+ members and it is the Biggest Positive Political Social Medial Group on the Fraser Coast! It a place for the community to share their ideas, thoughts and concerns in a respectful environment (no bullying, name calling or swearing – if there is any of this behaviour from members or negativity is it closely monitored by a team of admins and immediately addressed) We have noticed a couple of strategically placed trolls at the moment “friends of other candidates”, not sure why people bother with that at election time, just live in an open honest transparent manner I say.
There is no cheap political point scoring, defamation or negativity such as this post of yours, just current topics of community concerns plus clarifications as to how current councillors voted in the meetings or their comments to the media when they contradict this. Members discuss their thoughts about both / all sides of community issues to think about Positive outcomes. It is how we all learn and understand more to create positive solutions together and it has been running very successfully for well over 12months now.
11. FALSE; I do not write from a negative perspective that would be a waste of precious positive time and unconstructive to the continuous betterment of my life’s journey, the betterment of the Fraser Coast Community and Council plus a very poor example to my peers and facebook friends.
12. Negative comments do not get me off as per your suggestion, though helping the community in times of need makes me feel grateful and proud as do the endorphins from a fun 10km run make me feel excited and healthy
13. I am not the sort of woman to stand by and tolerate absolute derogatory posts such as this, so it would be appreciated if you focus on a clean campaign and promote your husband’s positive accomplishments if applicable. The community deserves better than to have to read such immature slander and be ordered to share this taradiddle! Surely you do not have to sink this low, after what the residents and our community just went through …. who does that? Please refrain from further mentioning me on your facebook profile, it is not at all professional …. All the best with your husband’s election campaign …..
14. Absolute malarkey and unprofessionalism such as this contributes to what has inspired and driven me to run for Council! The Community is in desperate need of Honesty, Professionalism, Leadership, Intelligence, Common Sense and Courage in a Councillor.
15. No negative comments on this post please people, my page has the same rules and integrity as Fraser Coast Have You Say – “Please keep comments to be positive and constructive giving ideas and working towards solutions.”
16. If anyone sees any other negative posts like this please forward to Jannean Dean 4 Mayor or I, thank you, we will address immediately and won’t be lowering to these standards / election tactics.
OH and Vote 1 Jeanette Maynes for Div 9 !!!!
Photos of the stormcell here!
It is imperative we implement and encourage the development and growth of new industries especially hemp for the stimulation of our economy via job creation on the Fraser Coast.
How perfect would the Sports Precinct farm land be for an immediate start. Once trailed, systems in place and production successful, duplicate in Maryborough also!
Sustainable and renewable industries are forever and these products can be exported nationally and internationally.
Trees mature in 50 – 100 years where as hemp matures is as little as 100 days! Hemp grows from a seed to maturity in 12 – 16 weeks and one acre can produce durable paper to the equivalent of four acres of trees! Hemp can also be growth without pesticides.
We must Lobby Qld government to change the law to allow commercial growing of industrial hemp on the Fraser Coast and obtain a State license for Industrial Cannabis / Hemp Production.
Components in cannabis can be used in medicines and are estimated to treat around 250 diseases and illnesses
Hemp is refined into products such as hempseed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, textiles, pulp, paper, plastics and fuel. Industrial hemp can make our future roads, bike / foot paths and highways from hemp based concrete, which lasts for centuries.
“Hundreds of buildings now use hempcrete, including a seven-story office tower in France, a Marks and Spencer department store in the United Kingdom, and even a home built by Prince Charles.”
“Only 1 acre of hemp is said to produce more oxygen than 25 acres of current forest.” – Bryon, Alan D
Chronicle Story here!
“Mayoral candidate wants hemp farm to replace sport precinct”
Jannean Dean and division nine candidate Jeanette Maynes announced their plan on Friday stating a hemp farm mean an economic and jobs boost for the region.
Hemp Initiatives – Million Dollar Crop, Trillion Dollar Industry!
This is a no brainer. Use the profits from an Industrial Hemp Farm to fund the sporting complex. The Fraser Coast Sporting Precinct will COST the ratepayer millions of dollars – will it create revenue overnight? The simple answer is No.
A Hemp farm costs relatively little to establish – no need for expensive chemicals when growing, and will create jobs, and inject money into the local area which can be used to fund a sporting facility in the future.
We need to be smart about the way we develop and bring jobs to our region. We can have BOTH.
Jannean Dean 4 Mayor
Some of my photos ….
To the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor and Councillors of Fraser Coast Regional Council
We the undersigned request the Fraser Coast Regional Council DO NOT Remove any more trees / wildlife habitats in Scarness Caravan Park until they UNDERTAKE FURTHER RESEARCH into an Environmentally & Wildlife Friendly Eco-tourism Solution.
18 trees were removed in 2012 at the Scarness Caravan Park and the lorikeets are still here, removing more trees / wildlife habitats is not a solution, and did not work last time, it just destabilises more erosion prone buffer land.
– Bird faeces, the same as bat faeces, pose no health risks unless a person is playing in it eg. having direct bodily contact with the faeces or ingesting them somehow. To our knowledge there has been no know cases of sickness / illness to humans recorded from the Lorikeets roosting near Scarness Caravan Park. (CEO Lisa Desmond & Fraser Coast Regional Council still to provide their reports on this health issue they have stated as a reason to cut the trees)
– Do the research into a bird feeding station for tourism, as FIVE Councillors stated it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc. (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
– There must be some research done into the feeding station as a tourist attraction, and on record and accessible, as Council have been discussing this since 2012 when they last cut down fully grown trees at the same location, and claimed at the time they would investigate a feeding station and tourism venture as an option, so they must have some data available.
– Council should market Scarness Caravan Park as being Eco-tourism / Lorikeet Friendly.
Offering holistic management of the interactions between their visitors and wildlife.
– Build shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings.
This would be a minimal cost compared to the cost of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that are proven to wash out to sea.
– How many more visitors would be attracted with nice shady camp sites all year round, especially during the summer heat. This could increase revenue, particularly with rising temperatures and climate change.
– Plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too and enhance the beautiful gardens. Plant spinach in these gardens, see ‘Feeding a Lorikeet’ below.
– Maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!
– Put is some bird baths to watch the lorikeets cool off.
– Make a lorikeet information wall plus sell toys, bird food, coffee cups, merchandise and t-shirts etc. There’s more to Hervey Bay nature tourism than just the Whales!
– Facebook, Instagram, Twitter #lorikeetsherveybay #lorikeetsscarness
– Have the feeding station where locals can purchase food to participate in feeding and provide photo opportunities for visitors.
– Feeding a Lorikeet:
Lorikeets are one of the few parrots that eat mainly nectar and pollen and therefore need a specialised diet. There are now commercial brands of both wet (nectar) and dry (pollen) lorikeet feeds that have made feeding and nutritional maintenance of the birds easier. (These are easily accessible and quality brands can be purchased in bulk for optimum value.) A daily supply of fruit and vegetables is also important in a balanced, healthy diet and native eucalypt flowers are always well received.
Spinach or silverbeet leaves are important to provide calcium for the bird. Info via – http://birdsville.net.au/birds-for-sale/lori-and-lorikeet/rainbow-lorikeet/
Some notes from the Fraser Coast Regional Council Ordinary Meeting 9 November 2015; –
– Removal of trees Scarness Park. Loft, Seymour, Hanson, Light and Everard wanted to lay the decision on the table as good goverence for three weeks till further research into a bird feeding station for tourism can be completed, as it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc. (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
– 5 against / 6 for removal of the trees:
Truscott, Mayor O’Connell , Sanderson, Taylor, Garland & McDonald voted the trees and lorikeets be removed immediately!! (Couldn’t wait three weeks!)
– Trevor McDonald: began by saying he was still to come to an opinion on that, then said “whether cutting down 10 trees is enough to bring about the change that we want”. He then said he “if we or I was going to be unpopular in the community and he wants to deliver a benefit and 10 doesn’t deliver that benefit, then why do it? Financially what do we achieve by cutting down 10, is there a figure that will deliver a greater benefit?”
– James Hansen: When do we stop, do we take out every tree on the Fraser Coast?
– Rolf Light: As Council has now set the precedent we won’t be able to stop people cutting trees on their own land when the lorikeets move there!! I can’t believe we can’t wait three more weeks on this decision, he stated.
– George Seymour: Shouldn’t be any rush to chop down trees solely on the basis they are a wildlife habitat and should wait and do the research.
Gerard O’Connell: Most importantly health issues surrounding this particular matter, so I think it imperative that we deal with it today.
Stuart Taylor: My biggest concern is the health and safety in relation to bird droppings.
– As it was stated the decision was also due to the “health issues” rainbow lorikeet faeces could impose on campers. This has never ever been a problem in the past till today? (I wonder how every other caravan park in Australia manages to control their bird poo?) … and if it is such a concerning & alarming immediate “health issue” perhaps it is imperative the Park should be closed down ASAP, until further investigations are done by an official QLD health inspector for the safety of all?
– How hard would it be for Council to build little shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings. This may cost $50K compared to the cost & destruction of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that washes out to sea…. and how many more visitors would you attract with nice shady camp sites all year round ….. plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too! …. maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!
– Fraser Coast Regional Council has been discussing doing something for THREE years in the line of tourism with the lorikeets and yet nothing!
How hard is it??!
They obviously have absolutely no intention to ….. more Whaffle!
Info & images via Fraser Coast Chronicle:
1. O’Connell to make bucks from birds
2. Larrikin lorikeets ‘here to stay’
3. Bay lorikeets get ruffled – “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
I’ve just been doing some reading on the Toogoom Rockwall Fiasco, No wonder the State Government has deemed this NON COMPLIANT! :
KINGFISHER BAY SEAWALL – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
“Geotextile shall be placed from top to bottom down the excavated slope and maintained by appropriate weights at the top and toe of the seawall.”
THE CONCURRENCE AGENCY RESPONSE to CEO Lisa Desmond dated 1.10.2013 has this attached diagram where the layer of geotextile is shown as a dotted line situated under the rocks and extending down the slope, across the bottom of the trench and curls up around the toe of the wall.
The material pictured here at the Toogoom site build is lying flat on the ground and is running at 90 degrees to the direction it should be and it is supposed to be laid before any rocks are placed in the trench?
Mr Hoffman states EHP is not satisfied that this certification has met required content requirements and Fraser Coast Regional Council has advised EHP it is seeking to remedy this. EHP is still considering this as a compliance matter. Further conversation with EHP confirms that, “EHP considers that FCRC have failed to meet the requirements of condition 12 and the department is currently considering enforcement options for this breach of condition in accordance with its enforcement guidelines”.
The Company that built the Toogoom Seawall went into voluntary administration before the 12month warranty expired; have since started up again in another businesses name and Fraser Coast Regional Council is still engaging them for work on the Fraser Coast ….
Toogoom rock rubble more detail here!
Chronicle: Sinkholes appearing as Toogoom rock wall ‘built on lies’
Excellent work Norm, thank you for looking out for the community!
Dear Mr Larry Burch, Sorry for the delay in responding to your letter to the editor dated the 12th of October, (which was in response to my letter to the editor) I have been speaking in person to several Ministers at the Community Cabinet in Bundaberg on the 18th of October and further corresponding via email about our foreshore erosion crisis and development applications on the Hervey Bay foreshore.
Jon Black, Direct – General, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Chris Hill, Director, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told Jannean Dean and I (to which I took notes); in person they sent a letter with technical advice that development applications on our foreshore DO NOT comply with “Module 10” of the Coastal Protection Policy.
Which then had us thinking well who approved it – in relation to Enzo’s Development application that they said they knew about and we were discussing. We recalled that Chris gave me his business card and said he would email the letter.
I wrote down these notes in front of Chris in relation to module 10 which he was over looking and giving me the exact words.
Further to this, the last words at the end of the day Jannean had from Stephen Johnston in relation to the foreshore was he will be looking into the concerns raised today.
Later towards the end of the day after our initial discussion at the start of the day with Jannean, myself and Stephen Johnston, Acting Director General, Dpt Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning he came to the table where in front of Jon Black I asked him about this letter (EHP’s technical advice to DILGP for Enzo’s Development Application) to which he replied he would email it to me and took my business card. He also wanted me to email further info on Enzo’s development which I said I would once I had received his email. (This quote has been approved by Stephen Johnston)
Land zoned for PUBLIC USE as OPEN SPACE and set aside as an EROSION BUFFER should not ever be compromised or alienated by changing its use for the benefit of a commercial enterprise.
The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef spoke to me and agreed to come and inspect our foreshore erosion crisis and to do a hike on beautiful Fraser Island with me. I have contacted his office to arrange a time that would suit his schedule.
He also mentioned his government is in the process of putting far stricter regulations on Councils in relation to control of State land.
Now back to your letter to the editor:
My Statistics were direct from the CEO Lisa Desmond, Council, their Ordinary Meetings and Minutes so you will have to ask them if their stats are ‘crap’ or ‘for their own advantage’?
I personally wouldn’t be bragging about them, they do not reflect the voice of the community.
Of course you would think the Council has done a good job you have been handed a gold mine on a platter, then cry out poor me demanding the Council / community / rate payers protect YOUR business ‘located in a coastal protection erosion buffer zone from eroding?’
– Cafe owner frustrated by lack of erosion protection – 6th Feb 2015 AQUAVUE
Cafe owner Larry Burch doesn’t know how much more frustration he can endure after the council shunned erosion protection for his beachside business. “It just does my head in – it’s a lack of support,” he said.
Council money for foreshore protection is allocated to protect public infrastructure and public esplanade or parkland areas, not private enterprise on our foreshore.
I have been further reading some or your practical knowledge and quotes in the Chronicle – $7m rock wall ‘last chance’ to protect foreshore – 21st Aug 2015
– Owner Larry Burch said he would prefer a rock wall similar to the one built outside Enzo’s Cafe at Scarness. “Rock walls have stood the test of time.”
Is that why the rock rubble wall at the Hervey Bay Sailing Club collapsed along with the boardwalk during ex-cyclone Oswald ?
The Council CEO Lisa Desmond verified in writing there are NO bulk sand bags in front of the Cottonwood trees adjacent to the east of this rock rubble wall. They are still standing?
Is that why the Council just approved more funding in August to once again rebuild the Scarness rockwall for a third time, when they only just rebuilt it at a cost of $1.3 MILL in Jan / Feb 2015, six months earlier?
And how would your practical knowledge explain the Toogoom rock rubble wall breaking up, eroding in front and behind, and collapsing catastrophe?
Chronicle: Sinkholes appearing as Toogoom rock wall ‘built on lies’
I really feel for the residents at Toogoom with the sheer incompetence of this Council. This would also be a good location for The Hon Dr Steven Miles MP to view.
– “Mr Burch said building codes had meant new rock walls weren’t visually appealing.”
Which building code, rockwall structure and material are you referencing here?
Please see picture below of Scarness rockwall at Enzo’s “Standing the test of time”….. well the THIRD test of time … are you sure you want one like this Mr Burch at rate payer expense?!
• Subject: Burch’s bull! Another Letter to the Editor from the Community
The appalling lies and misinformation of Larry Burch (FCC 12/1015), cannot be allowed to pass without comment. The “waste” has been the wanton destruction of our coastal vegetation, the subsequent erosion and the loss of the key demographic of the younger tourist visitor. He talks of those making criticism of this vandalism, having little practical knowledge, but what exactly is this guy’s qualifications? He is unaware that all the science says the maintenance and improvement of coastal vegetation has been the best practice of beach erosion control, for over 60 years. He then uses misleading anecdotal evidence about a single tree falling over. The coastal vegetation requires the full gamut of plants to hold firm against the sea. The upper canopy plants, the middle storey and under storey. As it exploits every niche of space above, the full range of coastal plants exploits every part of the root zone as well. Indeed the only parts that held firm under the wrath of ex tropical cyclone Oswald, were the areas that were left untouched, from the ignorant vandalism, euphemistically called “Enhancement” or “Beautification”.
This area is now being destroyed as I write this. Another path, not 10 metres from the existing bike/pedestrian way, is to funnel thirsty coffee drinkers into Mr Burch’s beach hire lease that has morphed into a café. He ends with the line “…so we can all improve our lot”, rubbish! The destruction of the Esplanade, has been for the benefit of the few. The hardest vandalism occurred in front of the vacant blocks with approved unit D.A.s. While the other beneficiaries were the operators of “Beach Hire” businesses, that have been permitted to become restaurants, to the detriment of the existing owners and operators of businesses across the road. They have lost both trade and “Goodwill”, well and truly got the shaft, while the beach hire leases have been given the gold mine. Due to the “Material change of use” of these leases, the leases should be cancelled and both put to tender!
S Penrose | Craignish
• Subject: Accentuate the positive. Another Letter to the Editor from the Community
IN RESPONSE to Larry Burch’s article to the Chronicle, 12th October 2015.
I’m not sure what article you were reading Larry because all I heard from Jeanette Maynes was a very a positive direction the Fraser Coast could be headed in. If we invested our time, energy, money and resources into creating employment opportunities for many, then this would depict a clear vision for the legacy we would be leaving our future generations.
It is imperative we focus on sustainability, ensure proper processes are followed and build infrastructure that improves everyone’s lives across the entire Fraser Coast, not just a few. It takes courage to stand up and voice concerns especially when it is shared by many; in particular when they are warranted. Common Sense should be the Governing factor.
Jannean Dean | Point Vernon
The Fraser Coast Regional Council keeps forcing expensive MASTER PLANS for ‘Hervey Bay’ on ALL Fraser Coast rate payers to build infrastructure we don’t currently need or want, in the hope people will move to the Fraser Coast Region:
– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN $52 MILL+ – I’m still waiting on confirmation from Council on whether the Nikenbah as the preferred location went out for Community Consultation ….
25.6% of Fraser Coast families with children under 15 years have no parent employed plus 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage, these are direct quotes emailed from the CEO when seeking signatures for her prewritten letters of support for the sports precinct. So therefore let’s force parents to drive out of town with the rising cost of petrol & Sports Clubs to move out there too against their will? If it’s needed in 20 years time just build it then, not now, especially while there are people living without basic needs, or proper kerb and drainage on rural roads
– SPORTS PRECINCT MASTER PLAN is not suited to our socio-demographic
More than 50% of the region is overweight or obese. Type two diabetes also rose by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years, and we have a 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.
– URANGAN MASTER PLAN $25 MILL+ and FORESHORE MASTER PLAN $25 MILL +
Is not suited to our quiet seaside lifestyle. If we wanted 20 storey buildings [to block our view] we would live at the Gold Coast. Council spent $8 MILL w
hich included removing the foreshore trees and vegetation for views, they are now spending $7.2 MILL trying to combat the erosion they created, plus now they have whipped up another FORESHORE MASTER PLAN to spend $25 MILL including removing more trees …. the mind boggles. Council calls this beautification, I call it sheer incompetence and a major waste of rate payer money. Is Maryborough going to be forced to have a section of 20 storey buildings in their CBD? Then the whole region can begin to look like the Gold Coast ….Does Maryborough even get a Master Plan or just some pavers?
– PIALBA MASTERPLAN $25 MILL+?
Eat Street, Vibrant Lane, New Council Chambers … Perhaps the New Council Chambers should be out at Susan River, half way, less petrol and travel for staff and residents, creating more quality of life and more time spent with families. Perhaps we could make that 20 storeys and attract some government departments to create jobs …. ???
– ALL MASTERPLANS are not suited to our economy / rate payers financial situations
$4.3 million gambled on pokies and this was only for the month of March, the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015, increased petrol, water and electricity costs, second highest rates in QLD, 37% rate rise since last election?
People will not move here when there are NO JOBS! No matter what view you create or what new infrastructure.
This build and they will come ideology is out of touch, senseless, wastes our rates and is slowly crippling the whole region. Council should stop sitting back and forcing rate payers to support their poor choices … approving endless housing developments just to bleed us dry and suck out more rates, it’s ludicrous when there are NO JOBS and the majority of the community is currently struggling!
We need to utilise, build, create and introduce revolutionary ‘industries’ like hemp, wind or underwater turbines, solar, trains that run on wind energy, organic farms, medical marijuana; industries that are forever sustainable and once we have provided jobs for our own, then the people will come. These products can be exported nationally and internationally.
This will lower rates, by making things more affordable.
Imagine if all the Fraser Coast 9,000 Ergon street lights were run from solar power or turbines, there’s a $4.7mill+ saving straight up. ‘Affordability Attracts People’ not High Rates, Empty Buildings and No Jobs!
Attracting more people here in the short term just increases the unemployment percentage, creating long term enjoyable jobs for the residents already here will create change, excitement plus inject money into the community through more local spending!
If the Council can create staffed companies like Fraser Coast Opportunities, surely they can create several new industries and companies to create jobs? You know, ones that actually make a profit and benefit the community. 2013 / 2014 Council Budget – $500,000 for funding of Fraser Coast Opportunities ….
Imagine a Council that had the foresight and drive to create massive long term profit, then used it to keep rates and costs down, to build infrastructure, to create more jobs, to create more industries, to inject money back into the community …. a self funding Council? These successful systems and processes could then be on sold to other Councils for implementation. The Fraser Coast could lead the way to revolutionise the rest of Australia!
Well that’s my thinking ….
Welcome to the ‘SUSTAINABLE FRASER COAST’, where our people and transparency are paramount plus we also love to Excel and Specialise in Tourism; being Maryborough’s Heritage & Hinterland, Hervey Bay’s Whales & World Heritage listed Fraser Island!”
– Jeanette Maynes | Scarness
Ps Readers: Sorry if any of my statistics or figures are out a fraction I have repeatedly asked the Council CEO Lisa Desmond for all relevant specific financials, figures and documentation to be supplied as I cannot find what I require on the Council website, alot of the website information is five years old or more. This is the reply I received, it appears one has to pay for information, with 550 staff what ever happened to customer service:
“As previously advised you may find any publicly available information on Councils web site including financials, annual report, budget. Should you seek information that is not publicly available you may submit a right for information application. ” – Lisa Desmond | Chief Executive Officer
Earlier this week on Wednesday Lisa Desmond the CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) sent an email out titled “Letter of Support – Fraser Coast Sports Precinct “ for the $54 Million Sports Precinct Brochure coupled with a letter of information and a ‘letter of support’ to community leaders, organisations and key stakeholders for them to sign in support?
As we live in a democratic society; I believe it is only fair and just that the people have a say in response to the CEO’s request, so Jannean Dean and I have composed a letter so that you the community FCRC (Fraser Coast Regional Community) / rate payers paying for this have an option of signing an ‘OPPOSING’ letter.
My report on the Sports Precinct from the last Council meeting I went to in Hervey Bay (WEDNESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2015):
“Cn George Seymour recently queried at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 which sporting clubs wanted to move to this area. The CEO waffled on and refused to answer. George asked four times till it was revealed the only clubs that were spoken to and would consider moving are Netball and Football (Soccer).
Every other club on the Fraser Coast will be forced to move. All sporting Club’s satellite hub buildings are going to cost each little club between $300K – $450K! Cn Trevor McDonald and Cn James Hansen both agreed, no one wants to move out there.
FCRC recommended business like the RSL and / or Boat Club to manage the satellite hubs – They would then have complete say as they have management rights, therefore to me they can name their price, fees and rent through the roof!!! I can see a complete collapse of most local children’s sport and a rise in obesity from 50% to 75%+
It seems our sports grounds are so great the 2015 Junior State Cup Touch Football Carnival thinks they are suitable for STATE LEVEL events every year. Why would FCRC need to spend millions of dollars on a new one?
The rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.”
Did you know? (Quite Alarming Stats emailed direct from the CEO)
• 60.7% of Fraser Coast residents are in the most disadvantaged quintile of the Index of Relative Socio Economic Disadvantage.
• 25.6% of families with children under 15 years have no parent employed.
• the unemployment rate was 12.2% in the March quarter of 2015.
• from 2011 to 2036, the population for Fraser Coast is projected to increase from 97,661 persons to 146,602 with significant growth anticipated in the 0 – 10 years age group.
(I asked for evidence of where this stat / figure came from but the CEO emailed she was declining to answer)
• the region ranks among the worst three areas in Queensland for obesity and smoking, and among the worst for cancer deaths – the region has a 32% higher obesity and 47% higher smoking rate compared to the rest of Queensland.
These stats directly confirm what an irrational, uneconomical, nonviable community expense and clearly further demonstrates how out of touch the Council is with our community …..!
Compound Interest on a $56 Mill loan for 20 years will double the cost to above $100 Mill
Alot of people are struggling with their rates (2015 Overdue rates $13,889,122) plus rising electricity, so with the rising costs of fuel, children unable to ride bikes to this new precinct safely and communities outside of Hervey Bay need to also be considered.
Also who pays for the ongoing upkeep of the fields the Clubs or the rate payers?
Council has purchased the land, so if in 10 or 20 years and we have the numbers we just build it. Why don’t we review the currents plans for Tavistock St and possibly assist current sports grounds / clubs with money to help with upgrades to their current precincts instead?
Maybe if we improve what we currently have, we can grow the numbers and justify the expense ….
My speech & some images from the day:
In Queensland 65% of adults and 28% of children are overweight or obese which includes 50% of the Fraser Coast being overweight or obese.
Therefore being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’ve organised today’s ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO to raise awareness, promote prevention and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast! Please note: Audience participation is compulsory!
I have written and published a ‘4 Week Program’ which is a Mind, Meal & Exercise Plan that teaches people the tools and skills to apply for a long term happy healthy lifestyle, which will is available at the Zumba stall as I hope to revolutionise the Fraser Coast! I find the Fraser Coast obesity epidemic very serious and am working towards creating a massive community lifestyle overhaul campaign with the help of other like minded professionals!
This event would not be possible without the Awesome support of Karen Chatfield the site manager and the Hervey Bay Council for the Arts who generously gave us one of their open mike days for the event, covered the insurance plus all stall fees have been donated back to them for their support of this fun day.
I would like extend a huge thanks to Katie form Z Club Dance Fitness for kindly providing the use of her awesome sound equipment for the day, plus she will be doing some high energy zumba for us to participate in also!
I would like to thank my ‘Fraser Coast Fitness & Health‘ friends, where are you, hand up ladies, if you have any questions today just ask the girls. We also go for a walk every Wednesday at 6:30am with Cheryl from the Torquay Jetty to the pier return and all are welcome to join us.
A massive thank you to the Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills, tools and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun with maximum audience participation! There are stalls, performances, talks and demos including and on – Bio-aging, Massage, Foot Reflexology, Crossfit, Gyms, Meditation, Yoga, Face Painting, Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Tennis, Burlesque & Fitness Demos plus heaps more.
We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and they have a stall with more info. I would also like to mention that Climbmax the rock wall here is donating 10% of their profits from today to Bayside so make sure you have a climb!
We are a team of passionate individuals and businesses on the Fraser Coast that work together to raise awareness and help others achieve a new way of life and thinking that is healthy, exciting, fun and will make you happy!
Our only competition is laziness, a sedentary lifestyle, poor choices, mental health, fast and junk food plus the television!
Some more images from a photography tour on went on with / for Palace Adventures last weekend on Fraser Island!
Being very passionate about fitness, fun & health I’m very proud to announce I’ve organised the ‘Step into Spring’ FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! This will be an Exciting day of stalls, demos & performances to raise awareness and help educate about Fitness & Health on the Fraser Coast!
An Amazing team of local businesses have come on board to showcase the high level of professional services, products, skills and knowledge available to all. This will be a huge day of fun at Scarness park with maximum audience participation, so wear something comfy and save the date, Sunday 16th of August!
There will be performances, talks and demos including / on – Bio-aging , Zumba, Belly Dancers, Martial Arts, Crossfit, Burlesque & Fitness Demos.
We will also be raising funds for Bayside Transformations one of our local Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation non for profit Program, who will be manning the ‘healthy option’ BBQ and selling their artwork.
– 6:30am 10km CHALLENGE! Free Run or Walk. Scarness Park to the Pier return!
– 10am – 2pm FITNESS & HEALTH EXPO! Scarness Park / Stage.
I may have a couple of stall spaces left and three 15min performance spaces in the afternoon if anyone would like to join the team! If you would like to register interest in future events please inbox or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Week Program
Jeanette Maynes “The Motivator”
Hervey Bay Council for the Arts
Fraser Coast Fitness & Health
Virgos Natural Therapies
ZUMBA FRASER COAST – ZClub Dance Fitness
Flaming Sands Bellydance
Shades of Inspiration
Khachodling Dakini Sanctuary
ClimbMax Hervey Bay
Twenty Four Hour Gym
Oceanside Hair & Beauty
Anytime Fitness Hervey Bay
Diamond Dolls Burlesque Dancers – Hervey Bay
Your Best Fit – Nutrition, Fitness & Fertility
Rhee Taekwondo Fraser Coast
Moksha Raw Organic Skin Food
I recently met the very interesting local legend ‘Lindsay Titmarsh’ at a talk on dingoes at the Hervey Bay Community Centre. I took a photo of Lindsay holding a paper article with a picture of himself in his 20’s and a very interesting editorial he wrote on dingoes, ‘Living with the Wild Ones’. Noticing that I was into fitness Lindsay told me about his massive history making 81km mega ‘ultra’ marathon run he did when he was 60. It was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. I found it so interesting, impressive and inspiring I have asked him to forward his account of the event, which he has, so that I can share it with the public in this blog story. We’ve also made tentative plans to possibly go wild pig spotting together on his mangrove islands and to have a look around his property ‘Tandora’, so that should be another interesting blog story!
Lindsay also kindly gave me one of his books ‘Mary & Susan’ Sister Rivers of the Fraser Coast and autographed it for me. The images and photographs are so magical and it is full of awesome and educational history!
To visit a place on this overcrowded planet of ours, where no other person has ever been, should certainly give the lucky participant a thrill. So it is when I venture out into the largely unexplored wilderness of the combined estuary of the Mary and Susan Rivers. Viewing an ancient, twisted mangrove tree for the very first time or standing in a few square metres of open mud in an otherwise seemingly endless scrub, is just magic.
He has also published another book being:
Tandora – A Pioneer’s Dream The author presents 36 chapters of ‘no holds barred’ interesting reading that has something for everyone. Droughts, floods, dingoes, wild pigs, horses, cattle, birds, trees, earthworks are just some of the topics explored.
Some people write letters, some people attend rallies, but for Lindsay Titmarsh of Tandora, a history making 81km mega marathon run was his way of saying “No” to the proposed dam on the Mary River on Sunday, 7 September, 2008. “I live with my family at Tandora, the only property situated beside the estuary of the Mary River. Having lived here for just over 100 years, we have seen the watercourse change dramatically in that time,” explains Mr Titmarsh. “For all of my life I have looked at the two hilly headlands, North Head and South Head, which are only one kilometre apart and form the mouth of the Mary River. Nobody has ever traveled on foot from one headland to the other. “I’ve wanted to be the first to do this run for years. The threat of a dam on the Mary River has given me the extra motivation to go ahead with my plans this year, a couple of weeks after my 60th birthday. I hope it will draw attention to the importance of the Mary River for the estuary and for the communities that live along it’s length.”I hope my run will help us prevent the damming of the Mary.”